2012-13 schedule: NBA on ESPN & ABC
ESPN will debut a new KIA NBA Countdown set on ABC’s Countdown broadcast on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, at 2:30 p.m. ET. The 4,000 square-foot set is the largest at ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center. The set features several new elements, highlighted by six automated mobile video monitors and more space and maneuverability for Countdown analysts Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon. As a result, there will be greater implementation of video within the show to complement the discussion.
“This new set will allow for an even better showcase of the dynamic personalities and various perspectives that defines the program,” said Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. “The combination of more tools and more space will enable our commentators to further emphasize key points and elaborate on analysis, which will significantly enhance the fan experience.”
New KIA NBA Countdown set highlights:
- Largest set at ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center
- Six new automated, mobile video monitors
- Four 8’ x 5’ LED center displays
- Two plasma displays on either side of the set
- Greatly increased studio space to aid analyst maneuverability throughout the set
- More video to complement discussion
- Larger oval-shaped desk to foster free-flowing, conversational style of show
- LED surround curtain that changes color and texture
The new set design is based on ESPN’s new KIA NBA Countdown open package, which features moving images of NBA players. To watch: http://youtu.be/1sgqayKgX0U.
New KIA NBA Countdown Team to Make ABC Debut
The new KIA NBA Countdown team – Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon – will make their ABC debut at 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, preceding ABC’s blockbuster doubleheader: New York Knicks at Los Angeles Lakers at 3 p.m., followed by an NBA Finals rematch of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat at 5:30 p.m. The team will appear throughout the day during halftime and ibetween games to provide insight and analysis. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 NBA regular season, ESPN announced that Simmons and Rose would join Johnson and Wilbon to form the new Countdown quartet.
About KIA NBA Countdown
Kia NBA Countdown is the pre-game show for ESPN’s NBA games on Wednesdays and Fridays and NBA Sunday game broadcasts on ABC. Countdown is a lively roundtable format offering strong opinions, discussion and debate centered on the games about to tip off and top storylines around the league. As of the 2011-12 season, the show emanates from the ESPN Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. LIVE – across the street from STAPLES Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.